Friday, July 27, 2007

The Big Canoe, Beaver Tails, and the Little Tub

Our day trip in Tobermory:

I took my students and my nieces on a trip to Tobermory for the day. Instead of taking my vehicle on the boat, we walked on. While waiting to board the ferry, I started chatting with this lovely lady who was also walking on. She had several pieces of luggage, so I asked the boys if they could help her out. They were more than willing to help (they are such sweet kids) and our new friend was so pleased. We helped her bring her bags to the dining area of the boat and to our surprise, she bought all of us drinks. My niece, Toad, was surprised that I started talking with the lady in the first place and even more surprised that she bought everyone a refreshing drink since the day was already a very hot one at 9AM! This was the kids' first lesson of the day: Random Acts of Kindness.

Below photo: Dancers performing traditional dancing styles and techniques. It was really interesting and fun for everyone to see!

Tobermory is a quaint little water-side town that is brimming with excitement and lots to see and do for all that visit. Overlooking the Little Tub Harbour, you can find many one of a kind shops and places to dine. Tobermory is a beautiful, breathtaking place and I highly recommend that you visit sometime. You can go hiking, scuba diving, or even take a tour on one of the glass-bottom boats and see FlowerPot Island and the shipwrecks.

Something I miss from living in Quebec for most of my life is...BeaverTails! In Quebec, they are known as les queues de castor. I haven't had one in years, but I wanted to show the students what they were. They are essentially, fried dough, sprinkled with brown sugar and cinnamon (but there are many variations and toppings now). My students were shocked because they thought they were actual beaver tails!

We took a cruise on the Blue Heron so we could see the shipwrecks.

View of the lighthouse as we sail out of the Little Tub Harbour.Looking down through the glass-bottom boat, you can see bits of the stern of an old schooner. The kids thought it was really cool. It reminded me of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

Imagine waking up every morning to see the remnants of a majestic sunken ship (okay, perhaps it's not so majestic, but it's still cool!) from your bedroom window?

I thought it was really neat, and I know the kids did too.

I just had to take photos of some of the gorgeous houses by the water. I used to dream of having a house overlooking the water. I wonder who lives in these houses!

We saw the MS ChiCheemaun while on our tour on the Blue Heron. The ChiCheemaun is the ferry that transports people to and from the Island from Tobermory. ChiCheemaun in Ojibwe, means "big canoe".

Flowerpot Island.

I coudln't get over how stunning the colour of the water was! It was the prettiest shade of turquoise/aqua ever! Who would have ever thought we would have such beautiful lakes in Ontario! There were also some really fascinating rock formations and caves. The reddish moss on the rocks are fungi. My little niece, Pook thought that was really neat.

My absolute favourite shop in Tobermory has got to be Marco Polo. They have the most interesting and one of a kind items in there.*ahem* Just thought this blue hammock was really neat. It looks so comfy and I just love it. Hubby...are you reading this? ;)
I just had to take a photo of this for my friend, Steve. Steve! Look! The Sweet Shop in Tobermory sells your company's candy!! Sooooooooooo cool! Those of you who haven't tried the JonesSoda candy yet, you should try some! They're deeeelish!

If you are someone who loves sweets, you have to stop by Sweet Shop. I just don't like going in there with all the nuts and nut products. With Toad and Pook's nut allergies, I get very nervous around places like that.

The kids wanted ice cream because it was so hot out, but we searched high and low for ice cream they could eat. I was surprised that none of the ice cream shops sold Chapman's Ice Cream. Not only is Chapman's ice cream nut free, but it's also gluten free! It's perfect for Toad and Pook. A few of the ice cream places on the Island sell Chapman's. In our home, we eat Chapman's when the nieces are over and other than that, we are Farquhar's Ice Cream supporters.

Since we couldn't find an ice cream parlour that sold Chapman's, we did the next best thing. I went into Foodland and bought a carton of Chapman's ice cream and also purchased an ice cream scooper, plastic cups and plastic spoons. It was a little bit of improvising on my part, but everyone got to eat ice cream! :)

A pirate came up to me and invited us to dine at his restaurant. Okay, it was a guy dressed up as a pirate and he worked for Shipwreck Lee's Restaurant. Because I have become a frugal lady, what sold me was the fact that kids under 10 eat FREE. Pook, Student2 and Student3 are all under 10 and that meant that I'd only have to pay for Student1, and myself. That was a sweet deal, if you ask me!
It was all you can eat fish and chips, but no one went for it. I think Students 1 and 2 had fish and chips, but couldn't eat another piece!
The food was standard fare. Chicken and ribs, fish and chips, hamburgers, etc. Here's a photo of an order of chicken fingers, just because we thought it was a tad entertaining that the students thought that it was actual "chicken fingers". A little bit of explaining was called for, and everyone had a good chuckle.

Alas, the time has come to say goodnight and bid Tobermory farewell until our next visit. It was a long day. We began our trip at 9AM and returned to the Island at 9:45PM. It was a great outdoor lesson. I have a sneaky suspicion that the kids enjoyed their Tobermory trip better than they enjoy studying "count/non-count nouns", "subject/verb agreement" and all those other fun grammar points!
ChiCheemaun Ferry rates (walk-on passengers)
Children (5-11 yrs) $7.05 one way, $12.30 same day return
Adults $14.20 one way, $24.50 same day return


t said...

Great pics, Chris! You're taking us there when we come visit, right?!?!?!?! Will try to call you this evening if you're home.

Uncivil said...

I loved the pics and the story lines along with them. Gosh! The innocence of childhood!!!!! They were thinking the resturant sold real beavertails,and then were concerned about the chicken fingers!
I can remember watching a slow motion commercial for "Keds" shoes back in the early 60's. I had no idea what slow motion photography was? I thought the shoes made you walk that way and I wanted a pair just for that purpose!

Chrissy121875 said...

Yes, we'll definitely go on a day trip when you get here :)

The kids were so cute! They were really worried that "chicken fingers" were actually chicken fingers! So funny!
LOL! That's cute about the Keds commercial! Did you end up getting a pair? Did they make you walk in slow mo'? :)

hotmommy said...

Hi Chris! We just got back from Myrtle Beach. The fam had fun.
Great pix by the way. I think it's so you (talking to strangers and being friendly to people you just met) That must have made that old lady's day! How nice of you to teach the kids to help others especially the elderly. Looks like you all had a great time- I don't know how you did it though! Five kids all day!

louann said...

I love the pictures Chrissy and I am sure your students feel blessed to have a teacher like you!
I wish I were your student!! :)

Rachie-Babe said...

Wow! That seems like a REALLY neat place! The kids looked like they were having a great time.

Pavel said...

What absolutely amazing and beautiful places (and pictures)!
Thank you for sharing that wonderful experience with us.

Man, I didn't have any teacher as cool as you, let me tell ya!

Dina said...

wow the pics are awesome. we'll have to return to the island when there is more stuff to do!!! maybe we'll take a week off next summer and come round for a visit!

Pinks & Blues Girls said...

AWESOME photos!! God... it looks like you guys had a blast. Wish I could have been there!!
Your students are very lucky to have you, that's for sure!!

- Audrey
Pinks & Blues

japanmanpete said...

Bah! I never take my students to the beach! {{{LOL}}}

Karen MEG said...

What a great school trip - complete with BEAVERTAILS and ICE CREAM -OMG, I love Beavertails!

Dan said...

Great travelogue Chrissy!! Great photos too! Sounds like a wonderful time was had by all. I just got from vacation myself. Hugs.

Chrissy121875 said...

Hey! You'll have to bring the Myrtle Beach pics sometime!
Oh, the 5 kids were angels so it wasn't hard work at all keeping them in check! We had no probs at all. It's amazing how 5 kids can sometimes be easier to handle!

Chrissy121875 said...

Awww, thanks! I feel blessed to have such great students! These kids are sooooooooo well behaved and soooooo amazing!

Hi! Thanks for popping by! Tobermory is a really neat place to visit. There's so much to see and do there.

Chrissy121875 said...

LOL! Thanks! I never had a teacher who took me to the beach either, but I did have a grade 5 teacher who inspired me to become a teacher! I'll never forget her. She was the coolest teacher ever!

Yes! I thought it might have been a good time when you guys came over since it wasn't busy season on the island yet and it was a bit quieter and less traffic, but perhaps if you come back next year, you should come in July. July's hot and the water is great. Plus, I haven't seen any mosquitoes in a while! The only drawback is that I usually have a lot of students in July. Anyway, we'll figure it out! I'd love for us to bring Elie to the beach!!!

Chrissy121875 said...

Thank you! It sure has been a really fun summer so far! We're always so busy. The awesome thing is that the students are so busy all the time that by the time we get home after studying and having outdoor activities, they're ready for bed! LOL!

I hope Jane and the rest of your family are doing okay. Sorry to hear about Bizzie Boy. He's in a good place now and at least he knows he was loved :)

LOL! There are some neat beaches in Japan. Doesn't your school have school trips? We HAD TO go on all school activities with the school I was working at in Japan :)

I was sooooooooo tempted to get a beavertail!! I didn't though! Maybe next time!

I'm off to check out your blog now! Sorry it's been a while since I popped by! I think I need a complete day to myself to catch up on all my fave blogs! LOL! Hugs! xo

BeachMama said...

Great photos! And Beavertails, oh how I love Beavertails. It seems like a really cool place to visit, I especially think that sunken ship is cool, I can't imagine seeing that everyday and not wanting to raise it from the water. And what a great learning experience for the students.

Ms. Mamma said...

You are an incredible teacher! Your students are so lucky to have found you. You are so free and open with them.

Chrissy121875 said...

You should come and bring your family for some fun in the sun over here someday! Tobermory's lots of fun! :)

Oh, how I *heart* you, amiga! Just saw what you wrote in your last post! You are sooooooooo sweet!!! Wish you lived closer! I do have family in Cheese Country, so one of these days...Unless you and SF come visit sooner! LOL!

Anonymous said...

Great photographs. You really do showcase your island and surroundings well. For someone who has been to some places you showcase, you make me want to return again and again. Thank you for sharing.

mrinz said...

What a neat day!! Thank you for sharing it with us all.

Country Mouse, City Mouse said...

An oldie, but a was at the bottom of your post today and I couldn't help but click though:)

Little Tub harbour is one of the most beautiful places to sit. Go on a very calm day and it seems like a tropical locale.

We always get the fish 'n chips at the outdoor restaurant by The Sweet Shop. It is awesome to sit and look down over the village and hear the ferry coming or going.

....Now, I will be counting down the days until July....

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